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Late/Absence Procedures

S2 Absence Request Form

Attendance at Tidcombe Primary School is very good

At Tidcombe, we actively promote and encourage good attendance by pupils and staff at school. We keep parents informed about the percentage levels of attendance particularly those who may fall below the “Persistent Absence” threshold of 90%. Children are rewarded on a termly basis for excellent attendance in school.

September 2018 – July 2019 attendance figures:

95.89% attendance

3.14 % authorised absence

0.87% late marks before registers closed


September 2017 – July 2018 attendance figures:

96.63% attendance

2.66% authorised absence

0.83% late marks before registers closed


September 2016 – July 2017 attendance figures:

97.06% attendance

2.18% authorised absence

0.83% late marks before registers closed


Our Attendance and Safeguarding Officer, Mrs Kate Southcott monitors attendance and works closely with our Education Welfare Officer (EWO), Rachel Bell. They monitor attendance figures and meet termly to discuss any emerging patterns or concerns.

The school day begins at 8.55am with registration. All children should be in school ready to be registered at this time. If your child is unwell, please contact the school office on 01884 252973 by 9.10am. If no correspondence has been made to school regarding a child’s absence by 9.30am, admin staff will attempt to contact parents or carers to ascertain the reason for non attendance.


If your child’s attendance falls below 90%, a referral will be made to the EWO who will monitor attendance with Mrs Southcott.

In line with government requirements, holidays will only be authorised in exceptional circumstances if an application is made to the Governing Body. Please note, exceptional circumstances do not include financial reasons or visiting relatives. Please refer to the S2 form on this page for guidance.

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Our focus is to develop learners who have the dispositions of “empathy, aspiration, resilience, confidence and enquiry.”

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